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Middlesex Public Records
Middlesex County is one of the oldest counties in the U.S., with records that date back to 1643. This makes Middlesex County a prime target for historians and those interested in genealogy. Middlesex County public records readily available online include marriage records, death and birth records dating back to 1921. Divorce records are available from 1952. These online public records are maintained by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, under the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services.
For older genealogy records, the State Archives in Dorchester holds Middlesex County genealogy records dating back to 1841, as well as military and judicial records. More recent court records for Middlesex County can be researched in person at the specific courthouse where the case was handled.
About Middlesex County Public Records
Most conveniently available are vital records relating to Middlesex County. Massachusetts does not protect its vital records, meaning that anyone may request a Middlesex birth record, death or marriage record. Massachusetts public records are easy to obtain copies of, whether you need to perform research or need records for personal reasons. The only exception is for birth or marriage records where the subject was born out of wedlock; these are restricted records and only released to authorized users.
Free Public Records for Middlesex County
Middlesex County free public records are limited to court records. These must be researched in person, however, and there might be a small fee for making copies. There are various courts in the Middlesex court system, from Superior Court to District Courts to specialized courts like Family and Probate Court, it’s important to visit the correct court. These courts have various locations, depending on what towns they service, which will help narrow your free public records search.
Searching Middlesex County Gov Public Records
Searching historical Middlesex County military and judicial records is an important part of many genealogical searches, and Middlesex County gov public records can be located at the State Archives in Dorchester. These records must also be researched in person, but it’s an enlightening way to spend an afternoon.